Adjustable Gastric Lap Band Surgery in Denver
Although the lap band is an extremely effective weight loss surgery method for a portion of patients, for many it results in discomfort, inadequate weight loss, and negative side effects.
If you’re experiencing minimal weight loss or uncomfortable side effects from your lap band and you are located in Parker, Denver, or surrounding areas, our team at Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute can help. Our skilled doctor can help determine whether the band needs to be removed and discuss alternate weight loss surgery options to help you accomplish your desired weight loss goals.
Effectiveness of Lap Band Surgery
The lap band was introduced to the U.S. in 2001 from Australia, where it had been used with great success. Approximately 30% of patients who have a lap band placed do really well, losing 55-60% of their excess weight. They seem to find the sweet spot in their band adjustment and get comfortable and require infrequent fills.
However, the remaining 70% of lap band patients struggle with adequate weight loss and frequently are not comfortable with their band and their fills. In addition, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration are common. This has been the experience of bariatric centers around the country, and it has been our experience, as well, at the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute.
Alternatives to Lap Band Surgery
With such a majority of lap band patients not having a good outcome, it is important to point out that good alternatives are available, including the sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass.
The sleeve gastrectomy has an average weight loss of about 70% of excess weight, and the weight comes off quickly. The sleeve also resolves most of the comorbidities or medical problems associated with obesity. Nutritional deficiencies are uncommon. And finally, the cost is not that much more for the sleeve than the cost for the lap band.
Gastric bypass surgery limits the amount of food you can eat and restricts the body’s ability to absorb calories. All patients see their obesity-related comorbidities improve or resolve completely, and weight loss is typically significant.
Revisional Weight Loss Surgery
If you have a lap band in place, are doing well, and are comfortable with weight loss, keep up the good work. However, if you have a lap band and are uncomfortable, are experiencing nausea, vomiting, and GERD, are awake during the night coughing, or are consistently gaining weight, make an appointment and get evaluated. You may need revisional bariatric surgery.
The team at Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute can help determine the best method for resolving these negative side effects. You may need to have the band removed and consider converting to another weight loss operation. Our revisional weight loss surgery options include procedures like the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, both of which are extremely effective and have relatively low risk of negative side effects.